Dr Ismail Serageldin

Founding Director Emeritus

Ismail Serageldin is Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, and also chairs the Board of Directors for each of the Library’s affiliated research institutes and museums. He is advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science, and museums. He has been a Distinguished Professor at the College de France in Paris (2010–2011), Vice-President of the World Bank (1993–2000), and has received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), as well as the Legion d’Honneur (France), and the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan). He is a member of many academies, and has received more than 34 honorary doctorates. Dr. Serageldin serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Cairo University and Master’s degree and a PhD from Harvard University. He lectures and publishes widely, and has developed a TV Science Series in Arabic and English.